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I am a third generation attorney whose grandfather was an attorney in Pre-Depression Roanoke after serving in the Marines during World War I; he was activated for World War II and was Base Legal Officer at Quantico during World War II. My dad skipped his college graduation to report to Parris Island. He was wounded and decorated and returned to law school. Dad moved to Leesburg and began his practice of law where he met and married my mother. I came along five years later and was raised and educated in Leesburg until college. I graduated from George Mason University  School of Law and came to practice in Fairfax after passing the bar in 1982 as dad was a Circuit Court Judge in Leesburg and my presence with any local firm would creat a conflict.

I joined a firm with an extremely active trial practice and found myself in court most days with multiple court appearances. Because of my practice and reputation, I was asked to lecture to attorneys at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association on Driving While Intoxicated in 1988. Because of that presentation, I was asked,  and did, lecture to attorneys across the Commonwealtth of Virginia the following year on Defending the Serious Traffic Offender.

I have maintained a private practice in Fairfax appearing in Virginia courts. In 2008, I was asked to join the National College for DUI Defense. I pride myself on personal, caring representation in all alspects with my clients who, in turn, put their reputations on the line in recommending me,.


Practice areas


  1. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 35%
    33 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    33 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    33 years
  4. Juvenile: 10%
    33 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 5%
    33 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Jeremy Stephen Letnick

    I endorse this lawyer. He is without a doubt one of the top 5 criminal defense lawyers in Virginia. He has been practicing law for over 30 years and I recommend him to anyone needing a good lawyer. Thank you Carleton for the advice over the years.


    Jeremy Letnick DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andaleeb Geloo Esq.

    I give Carleton my highest endorsement because he is a brilliant attorney, cares about his clients and is respected in the community. He goes that extra mile for his clients and treats people with respect. He is one in a million and I am proud to be his colleague and his friend.


    Andaleeb Geloo Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

10511 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA, 22030-5114

10 Wirt Street, NW
Leesburg, VA, 20176



VAAuthorized to practice law198209/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top AttorneyVirginia Business Magazine2012
Top Lawyers by Peers for Crminal and DWI DefenseNorthern Virginia Magazine2012
Most Minimum Staffing HoursFairfax Volunteer Fire Department2007
President's AwardFairfax Volunteer Fire Department,2001
Life MembershipFairfax Volunteer Fire Department1989
Most Training HoursFairfax Volunteer Fire Department1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHale Carlson Baumggartner, PLC2009 - Present
PartnerHale Carlson Penn, PLC1982 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseInvited Member2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A2008 - Present
Fairfax City Volunteer Fire DepartmentParliamentarian2005 - Present
Loudoun County Bar AssociationCriminal Law Committee1998 - Present
Fairfax Volunteer Fire DeaprtmentBy-Laws Committee1995 - 2000
Fairfax Bar Association, General District Court CommitteeMember1990 - 1998
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationCriminal Law Section1990 - Present
Fairfax County Bar Association,Criminal Law SectionN/A1990 - 2000
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Council1989 - 1991
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Young Trial Lawyers SectionChairman1989 - Present
George Mason University School of Law Alumni AssociationScholarship Committee1989 - 1991
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1989 - 1991
Fairfax County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral SectionMember1987 - 1990
Northern Virginia Young Lawyers AssociationVice President1985 - 1986
School of Law Alumni AssociationN/A1985 - 1990
Fairfax City Volunteer Fire DepartmentPresident, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary1984 - Present
Fairfax County Political Science Intership ProgramSponsor/Mentor1983 - Present
Virginia State BarN/A1982 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Young Trial Lawyers SectionExecutive Committee1982 - Present
Fairfax Bar AssociationN/A1982 - Present
City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade CommitteeN/AN/A
Virginia College of Criminal DefenseN/AN/A
Loudoun Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationDefending the Serious Traffic Offender1989
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationNuts and Bolts of Defending DWI1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety TestingN/ACertificate2011
National College for DUI Defense at Harvard UniversityN/AIntensive Summer Session Curriculum in DUI Defense Law2011
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Randolph-Macon CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education SeminarsDefending the Serious Traffic Offender1989
1988 VTLA ConferenceNuts and Bolts of Defending DWI1988